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order (one) about

To tell one what to do. This phrase is often used to emphasize that someone's behavior is controlling and unwarranted. You can't order me about just because Mom isn't here! My friend at work got promoted, so now he thinks he can order me about.
See also: order

order someone about

 and order someone around
to give commands to someone. I don't like for someone to order me about. Don't order me around!
See also: order